Gene LeBell’s Thoughts on Ronda Rousey

By Ben Leven
Gene LaBell-Strikeforce
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Gene LeBell is many things to Ronda Rousey: legend, trainer, and family. Although LeBell and Rousey are not of the same kin, Rousey still calls this tough old man ‘Uncle Gene’. LeBell is a Judo grandmaster, and has been a powerful influence in the martial arts world, as well as the sport of MMA. LeBell has a laundry list of people he has trained, such as: Chuck Norris, Ed Parker,” Rowdy” Roddy Piper and of course Rousey. After all, who do you think Rousey adopted the nickname “Rowdy” from?

Indeed, LeBell has been a great influence on Rousey. The two are still very close. According to, LeBell had some thoughts on Rousey and her next fight at UFC 157, against Liz Carmouche.

“A very, very strong opponent with a heart that won’t stop. (Referring to Carmouche) Should give a good fight for about 30 seconds.”  

LeBell is extremely confident that Rousey will make easy work of Carmouche. LeBell and Rousey have been working together for the past several years, at Gokar Chivichyan’s Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood. LeBell, aside from Rousey’s mother (another Judo legend in her own right) knows just how dangerous Rousey is.

LeBell commented that the real dangerous aspect about Rousey, is her mindset.

“Nothing bothers her; she’s got ice water running in her veins. She doesn’t give a damn about pressure. She’s a sadistic wench.”

Rousey is a known trash talker and understands better than anyone that it’s never personal – it’s just business. Rousey understands how to get into other fighters’ heads and respects the power behind it. There is nothing scarier than a fighter who shows little to no emotion.

However, I won’t dismiss Carmouche so quickly, as LeBell did. Carmouche possess the skill and courage to take on Rousey. If Carmouche can’t beat Rousey, then she’ll certainly last longer than ’30 seconds’, as LeBell put it.

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